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The Drone Center’s Weekly Roundup: 6/24/17

June 19, 2017 – June 25, 2017 At the Center for the Study of the Drone In an interview with Robotics Tomorrow, Center for the Study of the Drone Co-Director Arthur Holland Michel discusses t...

Cargo drones deliver in the Amazon rainforest

The Amazon is home to thousands of local indigenous communities spread across very remote areas. As a result, these sparsely populated communities rarely have reliable access to essential medicines an...
16 February 2017, by

While Amazon doubles its number of warehouse robots to 30K, competing systems emerge

Amazon announced that at the end of September they had 30,000 Kiva robots at work in 13 fulfillment centers, effectively doubling the number of Kiva bots that it had in 2014. "Our intent is to use...
02 November 2015, by

GreyOrange gets $30m for mobile robots

GreyOrange, an India and Singapore-based materials handling startup, has received $30m in equity funding to ramp up production of their Butler shelves-to-picker robot system....
14 August 2015, by

Team RBO from Berlin wins Amazon Picking Challenge convincingly

The Amazon Picking Challenge is over and two things stood out. One: how many different arm gripper solutions were possible; and two: just how difficult the challenge still is. The gap between the top...
29 May 2015, by

Competing robotic warehouse systems

As sales via online retailers steadily increase, so too does the speed with which customers want their goods delivered. Amazon, eBay, and Google all have massive and speedy warehousing operations atte...
01 May 2015, by


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Amazon Prime Air gets an updated FAA exemption

In a 9-page legal letter, with 28 itemized conditions and limitations, the FAA issued an exemption to Amazon to enable Prime Air to test in US airspace....
13 April 2015, by

As drone use flourishes, the FAA waivers, and Amazon is forced offshore

Funding continues to flow to drone ventures worldwide even as news from the FAA suggests it will be many years before true autonomous flight will be allowed in the US. Meanwhile Amazon feels they mus...
31 March 2015, by

Amazon tests delivery drones at secret Canada site after US frustration

Exclusive: Guardian gains access to unnamed British Columbia site where tech giant’s roboticists and engineers are developing their unmanned delivery serviceSee it on Scoop.it, via Robotics...
30 March 2015, by

Christmas is orange at Amazon

15K+ bright orange Kiva robots are operating across the US and at 10 Amazon fulfillment distribution centers this holiday season....
02 December 2014, by

Amazon’s Echo: A point-of-sale even the kids can relate to

Amazon, the largest online retailer and Internet company in the USA, sells media, data, software, video games, electronics, food, toys, clothes, furniture, and jewelry. It is a big provider of cloud c...
14 November 2014, by

Amazon Picking Challenge

In September 2014 Amazon announced the Amazon Picking Challenge, a new robot manipulation contest as part of the ICRA robot challenges. The idea was to take a difficult problem from the warehouse orde...
05 November 2014, by

Does the Small UAV industry need its own coalition?

Last week USA Today reported that Amazon, 3D Robotics, Parrot and DJI had banded together to form a "Small UAV Coalition", hiring DC-based lobbying firm Akin Gump to represent their interests...
22 August 2014, by

Amazon requests FAA permission to test delivery drones

In April this year, Amazon.com issued a shareholder letter that stated: “The Prime Air team is already flight testing our 5th and 6th generation aerial vehicles…″ Fast forward three months to t...
14 July 2014, by

Amazon seeks FAA permission to test drones outdoors near Seattle

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc is seeking permission from U.S. regulators to test its delivery drones near Seattle, as part of a rapid expansion of a program that has sparked widespread deba...
13 July 2014, by

Amazon will be using 10,000 robots in its warehouses by the end of the year | CNN

CEO Jeff Bezos told investors at a shareholder meeting Wednesday that he expects to significantly increase the number of robots used to fulfill customer orders. There are currently about 1,000 robot w...
28 May 2014, by

MODEX: How quickly things change

At previous MODEX events - trade shows exhibiting the latest manufacturing and supply chain equipment and technologies - Kiva had their own boothes. Big boothes with lots of people marveling at their...
18 March 2014, by

Commercial drone use legal in USA? Who’s willing to make bail?

Or perhaps the better question is: who's willing to be the test case? A US federal court judge ruled against the FAA yesterday in their case against Raphael Pirker (the first and only person fine...
07 March 2014, by

Brand strength, cultural influence of consumer-facing giants like Google, Apple and Amazon help legitimize robotics for businesses and investors

What is one to make of this focus series … Big Deals: What It Means to Have the Giants Investing in Robotics … with the giants being Google, Amazon and Apple (as given in the preamble)? The ass...
04 March 2014, by

Valery Komissarova on when investing in robots is the right move

As part of Robohub’s Big Deals series, startup expert Andra Keay asks Valery Komissarova, Grishin Robotics’ Director of Business Development, about what all the recent robotics acquisitions mean t...
26 February 2014, by and

The robots behind your Internet shopping addiction: How your wallet is driving retail automation

When you're shopping for the best online deals you're probably not thinking much about the massive distribution network required to bring that pair of shoes to your doorstep. Is your quest for the bes...
25 February 2014, by

Will companies like Google and Amazon usher in a new era for robotics?

Amazon announced its plans to launch a new drone delivery service this past December.   Recent eye-popping acquisitions of robotics technology companies by giants like Google and Amazon might sugge...
18 February 2014, by

Big deals: What it means to have the giants investing in robotics

  If the world outside the robotics community didn't know about Boston Dynamics, Kiva and Nest, they do now. Recent robotics acquisitions and investments by major-league players like Google, Apple a...
12 February 2014, by

Alan Winfield on “What does it mean to have giants like Google, Apple and Amazon investing in robotics?”

  Judging by the levels of media coverage and frenzied speculation that has followed each acquisition, the short answer to what does it mean is: endless press exposure. I almost wrote 'priceless exp...
12 February 2014, by

Mark Stephen Meadows on “What does it mean to have giants like Google, Apple and Amazon investing in robotics?”

  Google, is the wild card for me.  With more acquisitions (DeepMind, Boston Dynamics, Redwood Robotics, Industrial Perception, Meka, Schaft, and others) than Apple, Amazon, Facebook, and Microso...
12 February 2014, by

What do Google, Amazon, IBM, Apple, Microsoft and all the airlines and car companies want?

They want to communicate more accurately, resolve issues faster and with higher levels of satisfaction than at present. They also want to enable more complex communication. And they want to do it amia...
03 February 2014, by

Apple, Amazon and now Google: It’s a pretty exciting day for robotics!

There is serious momentum in robotics these days, evidenced by recent news from Apple, Amazon and Google: Apple announced that they were investing $10.5 billion in supply chain robots and automati...
14 December 2013, by

Forget the octocopter, let’s talk about Kiva

Given all the chatter on drones and automation, we thought it would be a good time to dive deeper into the Kiva opportunity and potential impact on leverage/margins. For the sake of our analysis, we t...
10 December 2013, by and

Drones on and on and on | The Boston Globe

US needs to join the aviation revolution Last week’s announcement that Amazon is testing the delivery of packages with small drones has created a media storm, and seems to have taken most people by...
10 December 2013, by

Amid drone talk, Amazon has real robots | Wall Street Journal Blog

Amazon got a lot of ink for its sci-fi drone delivery idea this week, but a more real and immediate robot effort underway in the Seattle retailer’s warehouses could save it as much as $916 million a...
09 December 2013, by







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